Program Schedule for 2024
Please note the location of individual events as they vary.
All programs are conducted by, or in cooperation with, the Schuylkill County Department of Parks and Recreation.
****49th Annual Seedling Sale
Oder deadline- March 23rd
Pick up date- Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the Waterfall Pavilion
Please pick up the seedlings you ordered. Pick up will be located at the Waterfall Pavilion (48 Waterfall Road, Pine Grove). The Schuylkill County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer all questions.
****Schuylkill County Sketchers
Every 3rd Saturday @ 10am except May 18th. - Meet Audrey Wells outdoors in the UPPER parking lot at the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse Participants will sketch various nature scenes. Free and open to the public. No art experience is necessary. Please bring something to draw on and something to draw with. For more info e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
***Signs of Spring
Sunday Mar 17th at 1:00pm at Frog Hollow Nature Area
A forest is alive year round. Join an afternoon walk to reveal early signs of spring. Spot remaining skunk cabbage blooms, trout lilies, spice bush and crows feet.
****Step into Spring Hike
Saturday, March 25th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Waterfall Parking Lot
The great engine that turns the seasons has shifted into high gear as we welcome spring by hiking park trails. Meets in the Waterfall Road Pavilion located just off Waterfall Road.
****Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Days
Saturday, March 30th, 8am : Statewide
Lunker trout will be stocked thanks to TEVIS ENERGY & Modern Comfort Systems and trout from Swatara Co-op Trout Nursery.
Youth anglers must obtain a Mentored Youth Permit OR a Voluntary Youth Fishing License from the Commission and be accompanied by a licensed adult angler to participate.
Anglers 16 years of age or older (adult anglers) must possess a valid Pennsylvania Fishing License and a current Trout/Salmon Permit, and be accompanied by a youth (less than 16 years of age) who has obtained a Mentored Youth Fishing Permit OR a Voluntary Youth Fishing License from the Commission.
Only youth anglers with a Voluntary Youth Fishing License OR Mentored Youth Permit may possess a total of two trout (combined species) with a minimum length of 7 inches. Adult anglers are prohibited from possessing trout.
Information on the Mentored Youth Fishing Program is available on the Pa Fish and Boat Commission website at https://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/FishingRegulations/Pages/MentoredYouthProgram.aspx
****Betty Dietz and Bruce Schneck Memorial Year-Round Fishing Event
Kick-off Date- April 13th
Registration Deadline- By mail until April 12th and in person at Fish and Boat Parking Lot April 13th.
Major Sponsor: Pioneer Pole Buildings
Coordinated by the Friends of Schuylkill Parks and Recreation (501c3) and Sportsmen’s Advisory Board with assistance from the Sweet Arrow Lake Park Board, Swatara Co-op Trout Nursery, Trout Unlimited and the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation. In cooperation with Werner Lumber Ace Hardware and Stony Gun and Archery.
****Whisper Walk – Five Senses Walk
Sat, Apr 27th at 10am at Frog Hollow Nature Area
Use the five senses to hear, smell, observe and touch nature. Even the smallest critter makes sound if one is quiet. Spring time and wetness explodes with smells. No pets permitted on this walk.
****Community Sunrise Service at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
6:30 AM Easter Sunday Morning, March 31st, at the point amphitheater in front of the Clubhouse.
Easter Devotional, Live Music. Everyone is Welcome
A breakfast will be served at no charge following the service.
The Pastor of the Pine Grove Wesleyan Church will lead the service. This event is free and open to the public. Call 570-345-8422 for additional information.
Saturday May 4th at 8:00am at Frog Hollow Nature Area
In a forest, sounds become the distinguishing point for location of birds. Walk with experienced birders to locate Aves in Frog Hollow. No pets on this walk.
****Simple Gifts Folk and World Music
Sunday, May 5th at 3:00pm in the Clubhouse
Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage at the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse, 108 Clubhouse rd., Pine grove. This award-winning band performs on an impressive array of instruments, including two violins, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, recorders, banjo, and guitar plus some more unusual instruments like the bowed psaltery, baritone fiddle, shruti box, banjolin, guitjo, and doumbek.
Simple Gifts members, Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon, present a wide variety of ethnic folk music, including everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer freilachs, haunting Gypsy melodies, and exotic Balkan dance tunes. Throughout their performances, they put their own distinctive stamp on traditional tunes, blending styles from diverse cultures with their American roots. They perform their music with contagious enthusiasm that will captivate the audience. This is a performance not to be missed. The group has performed throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including appearances at the Smithsonian, Brooklyn Museum of Art, National Governors' Convention, Longwood Gardens, National Theater, Whitaker Center, Hershey Theatre, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ontario Center for Performing Arts.
This program is part of the Sweet Arrow Arts in the Park Program, is made possible with the help of a grant from the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation and the Reidler Family Charitable Fund and is free and open to the public. For info or directions call 570-345-8952 or visit www.sweetarrowlakepark.com
Saturay May 11th at 10:00am at Frog Hollow Nature Area
Small flowers burst early to catch the sunlight. Frog Hollow is known for many ephemeral flowers which bloom and recharge their root system before tree leaves appear. Observe the May Flower, May Apple, bundles of violets and Cranes Bill.
Saturday May 18th at 12:30pm at Frog Hollow Nature Area
After a morning of counting, learn the results of professions counting mammals, insects, moss, perennials, trees, fish and macro-invertebrates. A 1:00 tree identification walk, 1:30 bird walk, 2:00 history presentation and 3:00 inventory tallies.
****Memorial Day Concert
Monday May 27th, 6-8pm, Large Pavilion by the Clubhouse
M & J Big Band will perform at the Large Pavilion on the grounds of the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29 from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Everyone enjoys the annual performance of the “Big Band” at Sweet Arrow. This outdoor concert is FREE and open to the public and is part of the Sweet Arrow Arts in the Park Program sponsored by the Sweet Arrow Lake Conservation Association. “Please bring lawn chairs.” For info call 570-345-8952 (leave a message)
****Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary
Friday, June 14th at 7:00pm at the Waterfall Pavilion, 48 Waterfall Rd., Pine Grove.
Arriving in his Super Green Turtle Machine, Jesse Rothacker, founder of Forgotten Friend performs animal shows for audiences of all ages. The sanctuary is a non-profit reptile rescue and educational organization. Their mission is to give reptiles a chance by rescuing animals that need their help. Jesse provides fun outreach programs to spread the reptile love. Located in Lancaster County, the sanctuary also offers reptile adoptions.
This program is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Sweet Arrow Lake Conservation Association, the event is made possible with the help of a grant from the Benevolent Association of Pottsville. For info or directions call 570-345-8952 or visit www.sweetarrowlakepark.com